Charles Roy Meek, 86, passed away February 27, 2012 in Ashland, Ore.

Charles was born March 5, 1925, in Montague, Calif., to Walter Ray Meek and Ora Isabel Meek (Kegg), of Montague, Calif. He was a descendant of the early Siskiyou County pioneer, John Kegg, who arrived in 1852.

Charles graduated from Yreka High School in 1943, and upon graduation enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He served for three years in the South Pacific as a radio operator in the Armed Guard. After the end of World War II, he attended San Jose State University and graduated as an engineer. His profession took him to several cities and areas throughout the United States, including Bucks County, Penn., Austin, Texas, Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., and Corvallis and Ashland, Ore. His work involved the quality control and manufacturing of building materials and the design and construction management of civil and municipal water systems projects. After 25 years with CH2M HILL, he retired to Ashland, Ore.

In Ashland, he was actively engaged as a volunteer for the Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Ashland Rotary Club, Rogue Fly Fishers, and Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club. His interests were exploring the Oregon outdoors. He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, camping and reading early American Western history.

Charles is survived by daughter, Lynne (Roger) E. Evey, of Morro Bay, Calif.; sister, Carolyn (Bill) Haley Weggers, of Everett, Wash.; and his partner, Sharon L. Nelson, of Ashland, Ore.

Daughters, Janette C. Merriman and Lorene Karen Meek; wife of 45 years, Patricia L. (Reed) Meek; and brother, Harry W. Meek, preceded him in death.

No services are planned. Arrangements are being handled by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore. www.litwillersimonsen.com